Here is an update on the policy that I expect will eventually expand across the military in an effort to reduce sexual assaults:
KAISERSLAUTERN, Germany — The commander behind the Air Force’s only “dry dorms” in Europe says the environment in the junior enlisted housing has improved thanks to his month-old, no-alcohol policy.
“The vast majority think it has improved the safety and quality of life that they have in the dorms,” said Brig. Gen. Charles K. Hyde, the 86th Airlift Wing commander at Ramstein Air Base. “It’s reduced the noise; it’s reduced disruptive behavior.”
Banning alcohol from the dorms is the latest measure in a campaign led by Hyde to curb bad behavior influenced by alcohol use. In February, he indefinitely extended a restriction on early morning alcohol sales at the 24-hour shoppettes in the Kaiserslautern Military Community.
The order prohibiting alcohol possession or use in or around the dormitories on Ramstein Air Base and Kapaun Air Station applies to about 1,280 junior enlisted personnel, mostly in grades E-1 to E-3 who are either single, or married but unaccompanied.
The dormitories are an extension of the training environment, a concept, Hyde says, he didn’t invent. He cites Air Force guidance, which says dormitories are “critical to the development process” of unaccompanied airmen, with the first three years of an airman’s career considered essential to shaping the future noncommissioned officer corps.
“Those dorms should provide a safe place to live and enhance our culture of professionalism and discipline,” he said. [Stars & Stripes]
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